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As many of you have learned from my last post, my great adventure in audio recordings has begun. So far I have recorded only the one short story “Wolves and the Northern Lights”, which comes from our first anthology book “The Vampyre Blogs – One Day At a Time”. But simply recording one story is a far cry from turning a full-length novel into an audiobook. However, that is indeed my long term goal. At this point, I’m keeping things simple for myself as I still get used to the equipment both for recording as well as editing to get the best sound quality for listeners.

To keep things manageable for myself, I’m planning on recording the rest of the 25+ stories from the anthology, as well as slowly begin recording it’s predecessor “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”.  Like the anthology, that novel is mainly comprised of blog, e-journal, and e-diary entries from various characters in the book.  And I plan on doing different voices for the authors of each entry, in an effort to bring the entire story and cast more to life for you all.

I have already started compiling what I call my “Voice Library”, which currently contains over 140 different voices (most based on actors and characters from movies, television, and even cartoons). I’ve always been a vocal mimic since childhood, and am taking great joy in finding a constructive outlet for all those years of trying to amuse myself and friends. I may share some brief recordings here, featuring some of the voices so you can get a better idea of just how versatile I can be.

But with all that said, the main topic I’d like to share with you all how I’ve been able to make all this happen. I know many of you might be wondering if I rent time at a local recording studio, or did I set up my own inside my home? If I’m doing it at home (which I am), how much special equipment did I have to buy? Did I have to soundproof an entire room? Who is doing the editing of my recordings? Will they be available through Amazon’s Audible program? If they will be available through Audible, how did I submit my work to them? What are their requirements, etc.?

Okay, let’s begin with how I got started down this particular path. As I’ve mentioned in a post last August when I first began thinking about this, I had been asked many times if any of our books were available in audio. Whenever I said I’d been thinking about it, but couldn’t decide on a reader I would be told “You should do it yourself! You’ve got a great voice…” So that of course got me thinking.

I did wind up trying a few samples back then, but I wasn’t happy with the quality of the recordings and kind of went off the idea a bit.

Then Helen not only began but finished her first solo novel. Besides listening and helping beta-read for her, I wound up doing the cover art for her. Then we had to focus on marketing the book to build up interest. So besides promoting the book on blogs, FB, Twitter, etc. but I wound up creating my very 1st book trailer. Anyone wanting to see the results can click on this YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNoPA_ytUvc.

While not 100% perfect, I was quite happy with the results, especially the voice-over you hear in the trailer. Shortly afterwards we held a book launch party for her novel “Forever’s Too Long”. During the party I did something I’ve been thinking about for some time but never tried, namely loud readings using the voices of character’s appear in the scene for those who attended. Their responses were much more positive than I’d expected.

As a result, I finally decided to go ahead and begin doing audio readings. But first I had to start gathering the right equipment for such an undertaking.

TO BE CONTINUED….


This took me totally by surprise and I’m very flattered and honored.  I hadn’t thought my blogging was having such an effect on people.  I want to thank Red and Flame at http://firestone2012.wordpress.com/ for nominating me in the first place.    Now in accordance with the rules of the award I’m supposed to reveal 7 facts about myself so here goes.

1 – Was a foster child at the age of 8 months and adopted at the age of 4 years by the Krummenackers.

2 – I studied and performed magic illusions in my teens and still have a lot of my equipment and skills.

3 – I’ve been taking dance lessons (mostly in Ballroom and Improvisational Dance) since I turned 41.

4 – I played violin in grade school and a little guitar in high school.

5 – Studied to be a Physical Therapist back in 1982 only to drop out, I was getting too emotionally overwrought over the people I couldn’t help.

6 – Went back to college 2 years ago and got my A. S. in Human Services

7 – Met my wife of 23 years at a Doctor Who Fan Club, I dressed up as the MASTER and harrassed people on the phones and giving the pledge pitches during Pledge Breaks during Doctor Who for our local PBS station for 3 years.

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I’d like to nominate the following Bloggers who I follow for this award:

1 – http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/

2 – http://joehinojosa.wordpress.com/

3 – http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents

4 – http://blog.nathanbransford.com/

5 – http://thoughtsfromaliteraryagent.blogspot.com/

6 – http://www.rachellegardner.com/

7 – http://hellfireherald.blogspot.com/

8 – http://flashesinthedark.com/

9 – http://querytracker.blogspot.com/

10 – http://carsonbuckingham.blogspot.com/

11 – http://www.iansrutter.co.uk/blog/

12 – http://jerrihines.blogspot.com/

13 – http://geistwrite.blogspot.com/

14 – http://vampiremaman.wordpress.com/

15 – http://www.scarletblack-author.blogspot.com/

These are just a few of the many bloggers who’ve had an impact on me.  I know there’s more of you out there, but I only had so much room.  But please keep it up all of you.  I love reading your insights and stories.  Take care and thanks again everyone.

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